Clifton C. Steele, age 83, of Connersville, passed away on September 18, 2022. Clifton was born on December 24, 1938, in McKee, Kentucky, one of six children of the late Luther and Pearl Hughes Steele.

He was united in marriage to Dena Carol Johnson Steele in Jackson County, Kentucky on December 19, 1957. They were able to spend 53 years together before her passing in 2011. They were blessed with four children.

Clifton retired from D&M/WCI after 20 plus years. He worked for Steele Brothers Roofing after retirement. He enjoyed collecting old coins and knives, drawing and was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan. Above all he treasured the time he spent with his family.

Those he has left behind to cherish his love and memoires include his daughters, Angela C. Durham and Teresa A. Brendel; a son, Matthew Steele; and a brother Finley (Patty) Steele. He will be thought of often by his eight grandchildren, Shane (Kim) Durham, Carol (Ryan) Durham, Sommer (Jeremy) Brendel, Corey (Kris) Steele, Tiffany Steele, Hannah (Dallas) Harsh, Dollie Steele and Emily Steele; 15 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Steele and Georgie Steele; his mother-in-law, Jackie Johnson; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by a son, Luther “Luke” Steele; son-in-law, Mark Brendel; brothers James, Virgil and Leslie Steele; sister Veren Dunn; and sister-in-law Lee Steele.

Friend and family may gather on Friday September 23, 2022, 10:00 am until 12:00 noon, at Urban Winkler Funeral Home, 513 W 8th Street. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at Laurel North Cemetery.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.